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By Brian Weis

Troon, the leader in providing golf and club-related leisure and hospitality services, is pleased to announce it has been selected to manage Bayonet and Black Horse, a 36-hole facility on the Monterey Peninsula in Seaside, California. Troon Golf, the resort and daily-fee management division of Troon, will oversee golf operations, food & beverage, golf course agronomy, and sales and marketing for the two championship courses.

Bayonet and Black Horse have a rich history in a region known for outstanding and scenic golf. Built on the now former Fort Ord Military Base (closed in 1993), Bayonet was designed by General Robert B. McClure in 1954 and is named after the 7th Infantry "Light Fighter" Division, the first (and last) major unit to occupy Fort Ord. Known for its narrow playing corridors lined with oak and cypress trees, and steep, penal bunkering, Bayonet has long been considered the most difficult test of golf on the Monterey Peninsula. The par-72, 7,104-yard course has retained its famous bite even after a 2008 renovation by architect Gene Bates, who improved the course's playability and strategic options.

Following the success of the Bayonet Course, Fort Ord added Black Horse in 1964. Named in honor of the 11th Calvary Regiment, which was stationed across the Bay at the Presidio of Monterey from 1919-1940, Black Horse was designed by General Edwin Carnes, the Commanding General of Fort Ord from April 1963 until June of 1965. With captivating views of the Monterey Bay, Black Horse's 7,024 yard, par 72 layout has rolling, fescue-framed fairways, bunkers with distinctive, serrated edges and contoured greens.

"Bayonet and Black Horse, and the former military base they were built on, have an incredible history in the Bay Area," said Dr. Kiran Patel of SKDG Capital, the new ownership group of Bayonet and Black Horse. "We are thrilled to be partnering with Troon, the premier management organization in the golf industry, to enhance and improve the golf experience at these two iconic golf courses, while concurrently developing a new hotel on the property."

In addition to golf, Bayonet and Black Horse also includes a beautiful clubhouse with a golf shop, meeting facilities, and the Bayonet Grill, a casual restaurant with indoor and patio seating featuring views of the Monterey Bay.

"The opportunity to manage a tremendous property such as Bayonet and Black Horse is very exciting," said Darrell Morgan, Vice President Operations, Troon. "Our Troon management team will now look to further elevate the property in the areas of agronomy, club operations, marketing and food and beverage operations. We are confident that our management practices and dedication to outstanding service will make an already exceptional property even better."

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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